The bills, which were proposed last week and supported by auto dealers in New York state, would “require that cars can only be sold and registered when sold by a third party, which would be a dealer or a private seller” and ban car companies from seling their wares direct to consumer, Jalopnik reported last week. The measures would be a direct hit to take down Tesla, as it is the only car maker operating in New York with a direct sales business model.
Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk rallied against the proposed bills on Twitter late last week:
Just heard that NY auto dealers are sneaking through a bill to shut down Tesla in NY. Please call your state senator!—
Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 21, 2013
Musk can rest easy for the time being, however, since the bills have been shelved. The state assembly’s lower chamber “adjourned its legislative session late Friday without acting on the measure,” AutoNews reports. This means that Tesla is clear to function as is at least through the duration of 2013, as the New York State Assembly is not scheduled to reconvene until January.
Musk credited the bill’s stalling in the Senate to public protest:
The kill Tesla bill in NY was stopped in the 11th hour due to public outcry. Am super grateful to everyone who helped.—
Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 23, 2013
It’s good news that the bills have been set aside, but it just goes to show the lengths that entrenched industries will go to fight back against disruption from the new generation of technology-first companies. Tesla’s fight against auto dealers is probably not over yet.